Sleeping in Airports

Alicante Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or are just quickly passing through, our Alicante Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

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ALC Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Alicante-Elche Airport.

What to Expect

Alicante Airport (code: ALC) is a modern terminal split into two sections (C Gates and B Gates) to separate Schengen and non-Schengen passengers. However, flights within the Schengen area use both terminal areas. The airport hosts various shops and eateries, most located on the airside. WiFi is available, and there are charging areas with Internet/computer access points throughout the terminal. Economy class passengers can pay to use the private airport lounge. See Airport Lounges in the guide below.

Alicante Airport Guide
(Photo courtesy of a guest traveller / 30Dec2016)

Sleeping in Alicante Airport

Travellers rate the airport as clean, safe and a pleasant place to spend the night. There is armrest-free seating available but some travellers opted for floor sleeping in various quiet nooks. Those considering the floor should bring a sleeping bag and/or travel mat.  Here are a few good sleep spots that travellers have reported:

Landside
  • Many reviewers mention the arrivals hall as a quiet place to sleep that had benches with no armrests.
  • Past baggage claim, turn left and there is a large corridor where the lefts are turned off at night. There are some chairs here cited as a good place to set up camp.
Airside

For uninterrupted sleep, there are several hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the guide below or read traveller airport reviews for more tips.

To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can add or update information or write a review to submit airport tips and photos. You can also visit the airport’s website for current information. For more airport information, continue scrolling down to explore more in our Alicante Airport Guide.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in the terminal sounds like a nightmare, there are hotels near Alicante Airport:

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels near Alicante Airport that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

  • Sala VIP Costa Blanca – Location: Airside, Ground Floor, between Gates C45/46. Hours: 5:00AM – 12:00PM.  Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (€39.45) • Prepaid Lounge Pass • Lounge membership program.

Related Pages: Alicante Airport Lounges

Drinking Water

At the time of this update, we did not have information about water bottle refill stations or drinking fountains. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Food & Drinks

Food concessions throughout the terminal operate with varying schedules. There are two airside restaurants operating 24-hours: Deli&Cia. Location: Floor 0, Arrivals • EAT. Location: Floor 2. Airside. Vending machines are also available in the terminal.

Luggage Storage & Lockers

  • Lockers can be found in the public area on Floor 2. Rates: unknown.
  • Grupo21 provides a luggage storage service. You can drop off your items between 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM and pick up your items from 5:00 AM – 9:00 PM. The company also offers home delivery services. Storage prices range from 4,20€ – 10,00€ for 2 hours – 24 hours (small item) or 6,30€ – 10.00€ for 2 – 24 hours (bulky item).

Mobile Charging

Locations: Floor 0, Arrivals Hall • Floor 2, Departures Hall • Floor 2, Commercial Area • Floor 2, Boarding Gates B22-23 • Floor 2, Boarding Gates B32-33 • Floor 2, Boarding Gates 46-47.

Rest & Relaxations Zones

There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers

Showers are not available.

WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Alicante Airport. Select the ‘Airport Free WiFi Aena’ and log in using your email, Facebook or LinkedIn account.

Airport Conditions

If you plan to spend the night at the airport, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Temperature – Like many airports, Alicante Airport can get chilly at night, so pack an extra layer and a blanket if possible.
    Lighting – Reviewers have noted that after the last flight, the majority of lights are switched off in the arrivals hall. The corridor mentioned above also offers a darker place to rest. Other areas remain brightly lit throughout the night so arrive prepared with a sleep mask or something else to cover your eyes, such as a shirt or towel.
    Noise – A traveller mentioned loud maintenance work throughout the night (2023) but no other specific noise issues seem to be a regular concern.  Ear plugs or noise cancelling headphones may be helpful.

Staff

Staff and security at Alicante Airport are generally welcoming, friendly and accommodating of overnight visitors. Some travellers have even reported that if they see passengers sleeping through the night, they will dim the lights and make an extra effort to be quiet.

Safety & Security

We have had reports of some airport guests looking for money. Keep your wits about you, and if you’re not feeling safe, let airport security know.
At the time of this update, we have no reports from travellers commenting on safety issues at Alicante Airport. Sleeping in any airport can include a certain level of risk, especially when travelling alone. It’s essential to take certain precautions to ensure your safety and the security of your valuables.

Here are a few tips:

  • Safety First. It’s a good idea to know where the security office is and look for video cameras where you plan to sleep. You can also ask the security personnel for advice on the safest places to spend the night.
  • Don’t Seclude Yourself. If you’re travelling alone, we recommend you stay near other travellers or close to security. This will help you feel more secure and deter potential thieves.
  • Hide Your Valuables. It’s also important to hide your valuables. Please don’t leave them out in plain view, as this could make you a target for theft. Additionally, if you are a deep sleeper, you may want to padlock your bag to something or sleep with your bag up against a wall to make it harder for someone to access zippers and pockets. We have received reports of sleepers who awoke without their phones and laptop bags. The travellers were left with just their headphones and laptop bag strap.
  • Stay Alert. It’s best to stay alert and awake if you feel unsafe or uncomfortable. Drink coffee or other caffeinated beverages to help you stay alert, and remember that you can always catch up on sleep during your flight. These simple precautions can help you enjoy a safe night at the airport.

More Airport information

More Services, Facilities & Things to Do in the Airport
ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so check your bank’s fee schedule and daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Floor 2, Check-in • Floor 2, Boarding zone • General Car Park P1.

Chapel – Located at Terminal 1, Level 1.

Currency Exchange – There are 2 Global Exchange offices: Floor 2, Boarding zone • Floor 2, Non-Schengen Zone.

Drinking Water – See “Drinking Water” above.

Duty-Free & Shopping – There are 3 duty free stores: The Arrivals Shop (Floor 0, Airside. Hours: 7:00AM – 10:00 PM.) • The Express Shop (Floor 2, Airside. Hours: 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM) • The Main Duty-Free Shop (Floor 2, Airside. Hours: 4:00 AM – 12:00 PM).

Family Services – The following services are available:

  • Baby Care Facilities: Baby change facilities and children’s toilet areas are available throughout all terminal toilets.
  • Children’s Play Area: When you want to ensure your kids burn off all their energy before their flight, take them to the children’s play area. Locations: Airside, Floor 2 • Landside, Arrivals at Baggage Claim Carousel Areas 1-7, 8-11 and 12-14.
  • Nursing Room: A comfortable place to breastfeed (armchairs, microwaves, changing tables, and more) in private is available. Location: Airside, Floor 2, Gate B34-B35.
  • Stroller Rentals: Free strollers are available in the following locations: Baggage Claim Carousel Areas 1-7, 8-14 and 20-22 and on Floor 0, delivery deposit area.

Food / Beverages – see “Food & Drinks” above.

Information Desk – Location: Floor 2, Landside, Departures Hall • Floor 2, Airside • Floor 0, Arrivals (mobile unit during busy times).

Luggage Storage & Lockers – see “Luggage Storage & Lockers” above.

Luggage Wrapping – Grupo21 provides luggage wrapping services. Rates: unknown.

Medical Services – A first aid office is on Floor 0, Arrivals Hall. The airport has a 13 Defibrillators stations through out the terminal.

Mobile Charging – see “Mobile Charging” above.

Pharmacy – Farmacia, Floor 0, Landside. Hours: 7:00 AM – 11:00 PM and closes 30 minutes later in high season.

Police – Location: Floor 0, Arrivals Hall.

Rest Zones – see “Rest & Relaxation Zones” above.

Showers – see “Showers” above.

SIM Cards – A reader has asked us to include where to buy SIM Cards. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Smoking – The airport does not yet have a designated smoking room. You must leave the terminal building before you light up.

VAT Refund Desk – If you are a non-resident in the EU, you can claim a refund on the taxes you paid for your purchases in Spain. Location: Floor 0, Arrivals Hall.

WiFi – See “WiFi/Internet” above.

Airlines
Alicante Airport is served by the following airlines: Air Algerie • Air Europa • Air Nostrum • BA Euroflyer • Brussels Airlines • EasyJet Europe • EasyJet • EasyJet Switzerland • Eurowings • Finnair • Fly Play • Icelandair • Jet2.com • KLM • Lufthansa • Norwegian Air Shuttle • Norwegian Air Sweden • RyanAir • RyanAir UK • SAS • Swiss International Airlines • Transavia • TUI • TUI Fly Belgium • Volotea • Vueling Airlines • Wideroe’s • Wizz Air Hungary • Wizz Air Malta.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

Alicante Airport is well connected with the bus system including at least three city buses and four intercity buses. The C-6 bus route runs between the terminal and Alicante city centre. The bus stop area is located on the 2nd floor of the airport terminal for all buses. For route maps, schedules and additional fare information, visit the Vectalia Subús website.

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies are located in the Arrivals Hall: Avis/Budget • Centauro • Europcar • Firefy • Goldcar • Ok Mobility • Record Rent a Car • Sixt. Location: Arrivals, P1.

Hotel Shuttles

See also Airport Hotels above.

Taxis

Metered airport taxis are available just outside of the Arrivals Hall . The Radio Taxi Elche information desk is open from 9:00AM – 1:00AM inside the Arrivals Hall. Trips to and from ALC airport are charged an airport supplement fee of € 4.25 in addition to the metered fare. For fares and route options, visit the Alicante Airport website.

Alicante Airport Photo Gallery

Related Pages: Alicante Airport Photos

Last updated: 2024-02-06

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, is subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers, and their websites. We are not representatives of any of the above-mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.